Starring MAE WEST, the motion picture "Klondike Annie" was released during the month of February — — on 21 February 1936. Several cast members have February birthdates.
• • Five-foot-six Lucile Gleason took the part of Big Tess. Born in Pasadena, California on 6 February 1888, the Irish-American character actress often acted with her husband James Gleason. He wrote the script for "The Shannons of Broadway" . Originally created for the stage, this project co-starred James Gleason with his wife Lucille Webster. (In 1905, Lu wed James when she was 17.) The married couple are cast as Mickey and Emma Shannon, a vaudeville duo who are failures until a healthy real estate transaction revives their career. This musical comedy enjoyed success as a silent and a talkie.
• • Interestingly, Lucile Gleason was the first treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG). She along with Alden Gay were the two women among the 21 founding members of SAG.
• • Lucile and James Gleason had one son, Russell. Born on 6 February 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Russell kept busy as a child actor. Most unfortunately, the 37-year-old fell from a hotel window in New York City and died the day after Christmas on 26 December 1945.
• • Seventeen months after her only child died, Lucile Gleason had a heart attack. She died in Brentwood, California on 18 May 1947. Her husband survived her.
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